by Hannah Bahney
Ten-year-old David Kane watched the movie Apollo 13 and realized what he wanted to do when he grew up.
Fast-forward 12 years, and Kane is now a junior at IUPUI pursuing degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics with hopes of landing a career in the aerospace industry.
“There’s a scene where they’re told they have to quickly figure out how to make two differently shaped objects fit together, and I realized that high-pressure problem solving atmosphere is what I wanted,” says Kane, whose dream job is to work for an aerospace company developing products for space exploration.
He says IUPUI provides the perfect combination of small classes and seasoned professors to support his engineering goals.
“Our engineering professors have a great balance here because they do research and they teach so they’re on the cutting edge of what’s new,” says Kane, who serves as the Engineering and Technology Student Council President. “The class sizes are small compared to other engineering programs so you can still get to know your professors one-on-one.”
As a Chancellor’s Scholar, Kane used his $2500 Honors study abroad stipend to take his interests overseas. He spent a week in Germany studying sustainability through an engineering lens. He visited energy power plants and a Mercedes-Benz car manufacturer to compare sustainability measures used by the United States and Germany.
While at IUPUI, Kane has held leadership positions in the award-winning honor societies Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma. Due to his outstanding service in Alpha Lambda Delta, he was awarded the Stemler and Trow Scholarships. However, Kane credits the organizations for much more than scholarship opportunities.